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Build Leeds & Manchester HS2 Legs Together – Nottinghamshire Leader Urges

The last two legs of HS2 should be developed in tandem rather than one after the other, the leader of Nottinghamshire County Council told delegates at our HS2 Economic Growth Conference. Cllr Kay Cutts, who also chairs the delivery board for the development planned around the proposed East Midlands Hub station at Toton, called for […]

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‘Is the Midlands ready for HS2?’

HS2 has the potential to radically transform and improve transportation in the Midlands. Following the Leeds HS2 conference, we spoke to Maria Machancoses, the director of Midland’s Connect who gave her exclusive thoughts on the issue:    

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The £1.2bn Scheme Revitalizing North Lincolnshire

Combing the connectivity, convenience, and opportunity of urban development, with the communal, green living of rural life, the Lincolnshire Lakes scheme shows a contemporary approach to new development. Six new villages are planned as part of the scheme , with 6000 homes spread out across the scheme. This construction is accompanied by the creation of […]

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Nottingham – Plans submitted for 703-bed student scheme by Cassidy Group

New plans have been submitted by Cassidy Group for its massive student scheme on Deakins Place Road, Nottingham near the University of Nottingham’s Jubilee Campus. Come and join us at our East Midlands Development Plans where we will be delving into the latest new projects in the region >

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PM urged to back £3.5bn Midlands Engine Rail, as region’s rail revolution takes a leap forward

£3.5 billion plan to revolutionise Midlands rail network, comprised of seven projects Up to 60 locations across the UK could benefit from improved services 736 more passenger trains on the network each day Plans are fully integrated with HS2 and will be submitted to Oakervee Review Creates space for an additional 1 million lorries’ worth […]

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HS2 Chairman to speak at Economic Growth Conference

HS2 Chairman to speak at Economic Growth Conference Joined on stage by council leaders and key project stakeholders   Chairman of HS2 Ltd, Allan Cook, has been confirmed as the headline speaker at the HS2 Economic Growth Conference in Leeds on Tuesday, 3rd September. Allan will address over 400 delegates sharing his views on the […]

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Great crested newt mitigation scheme expands across the South Midlands

  NatureSpace is now offering even more developers the opportunity to join an innovative scheme which provides a quick, simple, certain and sustainable solution for meeting their legal obligations to great crested newts. Today the company is announcing the scheme’s expansion into nine new Local Planning Authorities across the South Midlands. With an unfortunate reputation […]

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Nottingham bucks national trend with increases in value of hotel room bookings

The latest accommodation figures released by hospitality data analytics company STR make for very positive reading for Nottingham, which is bucking the national trend with the value of its hotel bookings and is one of the UK’s strongest performers for year-on-year growth.   The UK Hotel Review for June 2019 analysed hotel statistics from 24 […]

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Rural development of affordable homes gets underway

Work for Stonewater’s latest development of new affordable and shared-ownership homes on Leicester Lane in Great Bowden, a village in the Harborough District of Leicestershire, is under way. Stonewater currently owns and operates over 600 homes in Leicestershire and aims to help more first-time buyers and families looking to get on the property ladder, with […]

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Dear Prime Minister, don’t forget the Midlands – Midlands Connect

A message from Midlands Connect… Prime Minister, congratulations on your appointment. As you embark on the first 100 days of your premiership, you will face huge challenges, but also an unparalleled opportunity. Our message to you is simple; unleash our economic potential, succeed where your predecessors have faltered, back the Midlands.

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£70m Symmetry Park begins to take shape

A major new logistics development in Blyth is beginning to take shape – with a 150,000sq ft distribution unit now available for occupation, and the opening of a Starbucks and a KFC on site. They’re all part of much wider plans for Symmetry Park – located in a key strategic location at J34 of the […]

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Development in the Midlands – an experts perspective

We hear exclusively from PBA – now part of Stantec, on the major development set to happen across the Midlands. PBA are a leading consultancy of engineers, planners, scientists and economists.   It’s an exciting time to be a proud Midlander – the state of the area based on Deloitte Crane survey, JLL forecast and […]

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Countryside Properties building new timber panel factory

Countryside Properties is building its own timber panel manufacturing site to remedy shortfalls in its supply chain. Andrew Taylor, Head of Planning at Countryside Properties, told delegates at the Oxford Cambridge Arc Development Conference that the housebuilder has purchased a site for manufacturing timber panels which its plans to roll out over the next year. […]

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Arc university development to focus on new institutions

The next phase of university development in the Oxford to Cambridge Arc is likely to be focused on new institutions rather than the expansion of existing facilities, our event has heard. Both Peterborough and Milton Keynes, currently the largest population centres in England that lack their own universities, are keen to set up their own […]

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Failure to electrify mooted Oxford Cambridge rail line branded a “disaster”

Using diesel instead of electric trains on the proposed line between Oxford and Cambridge has been branded a “disaster” for the development of the surrounding Arc, one of the area’s most eminent planners has said. The Bedford & Milton Keynes Waterway Trust’s Jane Hamilton told the infrastructure panel session at Ox-Cams conference, that “backsliding” on […]

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Council Chief downplays role of Ministerial Arc Champion

Progress on the development of Oxford to Cambridge Arc should not be held up by the delayed appointment of a Ministerial Champion, one of the area’s leading local government chiefs has said. The government made a commitment last year to appoint a ministerial champion for the Ox-Cams Arc but has yet to fill the role. […]

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“Disappointment” aired due to lack of emphasis on “blue and green infrastructure” in major UK infrastructure project

Jane Hamilton, Chair of the Bedford & Milton Keynes Waterway Trust, has told our event that she is “disappointed” about the lack of emphasis on “blue and green” infrastructure, like waterways and parks, in the Arc’s plans. Speaking at our Oxford Cambridge Arc Development Conference she said: “We’ve heard a lot about the Expressway and […]

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Rail Minister tells Midlands Connect “I entirely support the aspiration” of £2 billion Midlands Rail Hub plans during visit to Leicester

Rail Minister Andrew Jones has welcomed the submission of Midlands Connect’s £2 billion Midlands Rail Hub proposals to radically transform connections between the East and West Midlands, during a visit to the region yesterday (Thursday 27th June). The Minister pledged to work with Midlands Connect chairman Sir John Peace and Director Maria Machancoses as they […]

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The University of Lincoln has appointed BAM Construction to deliver the next stage of the Lincoln Medical School

After the completion of the first stage of a competitive two-stage tendering process through the YorBuild framework, BAM was selected to develop the detailed design and finalise costs for the major new academic facility on the University’s Brayford Pool Campus; the first of its kind in Lincolnshire. Working in collaboration with the University and Perfect […]

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New regional design blueprint drawn up for combined authority schemes

A regional design charter is being drawn up by the West Midlands Combined Authority. Patricia Willoughby, Head of Housing & Regeneration Policy at the WMCA, revealed during the placemaking session at the MDC that mayor Andy Street’s body is working on the production of a regional design charter. The charter would be used in tandem […]

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Brexit collapse in EU students will fuel skills gaps

A drop in the number of EU students attending UK universities could open big skills gap in large areas of the economy like construction, our event has heard. Speaking on the panel of the Universities session at the MDC, Prof Ian Marshall, Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Coventry University, said: “The changes Brexit could introduce to the […]

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Local Enterprise Partnership issues plea for funding certainty

Local enterprise partnerships (LEPs) require longer term funding certainty from the government in the upcoming spending review to continue making progress. Sarah Middleton, Chief Executive of the Black Country LEP, told delegates that there are “lots of fantastic projects” under way across the midlands. As an example of the progress that has been achieved by […]

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Developer funds infrastructure to deliver new development project

A logistics developer has agreed to pay for and deliver the first phase of a bypass after Northamptonshire County Council lost its funding for the project. Jonathan Wallis, Development Director of DB Symmetry, told delegates that the company is taking over the project so that it can deliver the plans for its Symmetry Park at […]

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Lords ignored Midlands, says regional transport boss

The midlands were “largely ignored” by a recent damning House of Lords committee report into High Speed 2, the Leader of the region’s transport body told the Midlands Development Conference Maria Machancoses, Director of Midlands Connect, used her keynote presentation to kick off the conference’s HS2 session by criticising the Lords economic affairs committee report […]

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Warning that regions must speak clearly to ministers to deliver ‘critical peice of national investment’ – HS2

Work on HS2 is not too far advanced for the project to be cancelled, the Chair of the umbrella body for East Midlands Councils has warned. Speaking on the Midlands Development Conference East Midlands Councils Chair Andrew Pritchard, said: “The project is not so far down the track that it couldn’t be cancelled. We need […]

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Brexit; the inside view from the Midlands construction and property industry

Following our Brexit straw poll at our BE Premier Leaders Club (poll results here) in May 2019, Built Environment Networking decided to consult our 300 strong audience at the Midlands Development Conference to gauge their opinion on current political developments. The poll took place before Prime Minister Theresa May’s resignation but nevertheless the same question […]

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DB Symettry gain green light for 136-acre scheme

DB Symettry have been given the thumbs up for a major 136-acre scheme set to be transformed into a new logistics hub. The firm, who were recently acquired by Tritax Big Box REIT to create the largest portfolio of prime ‘Big Box’ logistics assets across the UK, now have outline permission to deliver 2.31m sq […]

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“We need your help”

As hosts of the leading built environment networking events, we are always looking at ways we can improve and modernise to ensure we are providing everyone with an outstanding experience. We have recently partnered with Constructing Rainbows to look at ways we can encourage a more diverse audience to our events. We know that by […]

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Exclusive Q&A from Nottingham Trent University

The property, development, infrastructure and construction industries are set to come together on the 23rd May at the Midlands Development Conference with one thing in mind – driving growth within the economy.   Nottingham Trent University is one of two major higher education institutions in the city of Nottingham, and the 13th largest in the UK. Tell […]

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New Midlands partnership to provide 1,000 new homes

A leading affordable housing provider has teamed up with a major UK house-builder to build 1,000 new homes across the Midlands. Midland Heart housing association and home builders Countryside have signed a partnership agreement, which will see the new homes built across the region over the next three years.

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Trebor and Hillwood enter into major Development Agreements for Industrial, Speculative development site located at Dabell Avenue, Blenheim Industrial Estate, Nottingham

Trebor and Hillwood have entered into an agreement with the current lessee of a 5.8 acre site on a prominent industrial location in Nottingham. Trebor/Hillwood are to bring forward a comprehensive development of the Brownfield site for a proposed industrial, speculative, development with units consisting of 42,635 sq ft and 77,692 sq ft.

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Major Construction Event set for the Midlands

On the 23rd May, prominent business and public sector leaders will come together at the Midlands Development Conference – the region’s largest business conference of the year. The conference, hosted by Built Environment Networking, will see some of the region’s biggest names in business, politics and local government lead a regional economic debate including discussions […]

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Midland Heart & Partner hand over first homes on first joint development

Leading Midland housing provider Midland Heart has begun to hand over its first homes built with developer Partner. The Leicestershire development at Station Road, Bagworth, is the first of a series of sites on the horizon between the two organisations. The £8.5m development, which is near Coalville, has revitalised almost four acres of derelict industrial […]

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Gallagher Ltd helping deliver Leicester City’s new world-class football training centre

Gallagher Ltd has been successful in securing the groundworks and reinforced concrete superstructures package for Leicester City Football Club’s new world-class football training centre, for principal contractor McLaren. The main building is an impressive structure that moulds into the landscape. Surrounding the building will be 11 full-size outdoor pitches, eight smaller pitches, five training grids […]

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Exclusive Q&A | Urban Growth Company – Catalyst For Growth

The property, development, infrastructure and construction industries are set to come together on the 23rd May at the Midlands Development Conference with one thing in mind – driving growth within the economy. With a major focus on infrastructure connecting cities and towns across the Midlands, and the impending arrival of HS2, the region is set […]

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Northamptonshire school to be converting into new homes

Plans to transform a former Middle School in Northampton into over 100 new homes have been given the green light by Northampton Borough Council’s planning committee. The scheme, being led by Countryside Properties, will see the school converted into 115 new properties, delivering much needed housing in the area.

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Regeneration plans for former 350-acre power station site to be submitted this autumn

A 350-acre site in the Midlands formerly housing the Ironbridge Power Station is set for a major regeneration – with plans likely to be submitted this autumn. Harworth Group, who’ll be speaking at the Midlands Development Conference about this and several other major schemes, are currently working on these plans – with a second consultation […]

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Modular homes project hits completion in just 34 days

The first four homes on a modular housing development site in Northamptonshire have been completed in just 34 days – with traditional construction homes usually taking months. Project Etopia, who’re set to speak at the Offsite Manufacturing Development Conference in June, are behind the project which will see them deliver 47 homes across the Priors […]

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Nottingham set to approve regeneration of long derelict site

Nottingham City Council is gearing up to approve plans for the regeneration of a major site in the city’s Eastside, which has been derelict for 30 years, our event heard. Paul Seddon, Director of Planning & Regeneration at the council, told delegates that new plans for ‘The Island’ site are due to be presented to […]

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£11m co-living development reaches halfway point

The transformation of the former headquarters of construction giant Carillion into an £11 million high quality co-living development has hit a major milestone by reaching the halfway point, with more than 100 studios now completed. Six floors with a total of 108 studios have now been unveiled at the 12-storey building where The Studios24 is […]

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University of Lincoln eyes vision to open regional hubs

The University of Lincoln is planning to open hubs across the county to allow towns such as Boston, Scunthorpe and Grantham to benefit from the growth of the academic institution. Speaking at our event in Lincoln Harvey Dowdy, Director of Estates at the University of Lincoln, said the university planned to stimulate growth in the […]

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Uni of Leicester scheme approved

The go-ahead has been given to plans which will see two 13- and 14-storey blocks constructed near the University of Leicester as part of a bid to create accommodation for 1,200 students – all of which will be a focus of the Midlands Development Conference’s 5th panel, focused on University estates and campus expansions. The […]

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Prime Point ready to go! Stafford – Trebor Developments LLP

Trebor and Seddon Developments have completed a multi-million pound contract to prepare their Prime Point 14 site, located less than a mile from J14 of the M6, for very fast track delivery of two industrial units of 66,000 sq ft and 78,000 sq ft. The site has been remediated, levelled, serviced and access road installed […]

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Midlands Connect prioritises 20 road projects

Midlands Connect prioritises 20 road projects to ensure the region sees the full benefit of record £25 billion investment Midlands Connect tells government and Highways England: make sure record £25 billion roads fund for 2020-2025 reflects importance of the region to the national network; Clarity sought on schemes committed but not completed during RIS1 (2015-20), […]

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Developers paint a new vision for former art school

A £3 million development, which will see a former art school converted into 12 luxury apartments in the heart of Sutton Coldfield, has been given the go-ahead by planners. Developers Key Land Developments and Urban Village have joined forces in a joint venture to transform The Old Art School, on Lichfield Road, into a high […]

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Major new road infrastructure to connect East Midlands to HS2

Nottinghamshire County Council are set to submit a funding request to Government to help fund a major new piece of infrastructure within the East Midlands. The funding bid, totalling £26.5m, would be used to create a new road link connecting the massive new housing and residential development at Cheywynd Barracks to the new HS2 Toton […]

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Nottingham Council to discuss major £2bn investment and development drive

Plans to continue the transformational redevelopments happening across Nottingham are set to be discussed next week. Nottingham City Council – who’ll be speaking at our Nottinghamshire Development Plans Event this month – have already invested heavily into new developments within the city, including an ambitious development on the derelict land surrounding the train station and […]

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Phase 2 of Avant Homes project given green light

Avant Homes, who’re set to speak at our Leeds & Yorkshire Development Plans Conference this month, have received the green light to begin the second phase of their impressive Klyppr Village development in Nottinghamshire. The £35.5m scheme at Clipstone will see the creation of 171 new homes in total – with the second phase set […]

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Pagabo and Built Environment Networking announce new partnership

Pagabo and Built Environment Networking – the UK’s leading provider of construction and networking events – are pleased to announce their new partnership which will allow Pagabo to continue connecting valued clients to the very best the construction industry offers – Simply Better Procurement. Pagabo support public sector organisations across the UK by providing a […]

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CERT Property acquires land for significant Manchester development

A joint venture partnership has completed the purchase of land at 86 Talbot Road, Old Trafford for residential development. CERT Property, who’ll be speaking about their future development plans at our Manchester Development Plans Conference, and Salboy have teamed up to acquire the land which has planning permission for the development of 90 apartments over […]

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